When Girl Scouts are mentioned, the first thought is generally cookies. Whether your vice is a box of Samoas or a sleeve of Thin Mints, most people don’t think past the bite-size pleasantries and into the backbone of the Girl Scouts franchise: volunteers.

605 teamed up with Stacey Andernacht, the Communications Manager for Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons, to talk about the impact volunteers have in the GS community and what it means to become one.


1. To develop skills & talents you never knew you had.
Being a Girl Scout volunteer is a great way to explore your strengths. Whether you volunteer at meetings, go on field trips, or become a troop leader, the time you devote will help inspire today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders. Girl Scouts is the perfect place to spread your wings and try something new.

“There are so many WAYS to volunteer, and everyone has a talent or gift they can share in some way.” – Deseree corrales, troop leader

2. To create once-in-a-lifetime memories.
You’ll introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to take the lead and change the world. You’ll swap stories, laugh until you cry, and beam with pride as you watch your girls bridge from one age level to another.

3. To enjoy the adventure of seeing your girls try new things.
Leading a troop. Helping out at cookie sale. Going on field trips. Volunteers have many opportunities to join in on the fun of Girl Scouting – and make a real, positive impact on girls.

“it was important to me that she could create a network of other girls with a variety of backgrounds and interests.” – Tifanie petro, troop leader

4. To inspire local girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.
You will be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor in helping them to develop essential life skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. While you’re busy empowering today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders, your girls will be inspiring you with their courage, confidence, character, and dedication to making the world a better place.

5. To find friendships that stand the test of time.
When Girl Scouts volunteers come together, they create a community of change and an empowering environment that empowers every girl. Being a volunteer provides opportunities for you to meet like-minded women and men who will be there to support you, encourage you, and share in your accomplishments for years to come.

“I love that girl scouts is really a sisterhood. you can make friends for life when you join and these may not be friends you would have normally made on your own, which i think is beautiful.” – cristine bishop, troop leader

Five Things Girl Scouts Do:

1. Develop a strong sense of self.
2. Display positive values.
3. Seek challenges and learn from setbacks.
4. Form and maintain healthy relationships.
5. Learn to identify and solve problems in their communities.

For more information, visit gsdakotahorizons.org.

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